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Speaking up and out Domestic violence vigil helps victims know they’re not alone NICOLE SMITH

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dan moen • msu reporter The red silhouttes on the CSU mall represent victims of domestic violence by husbands, boyfriends, fathers or ex-boyfriends.

The life-size red silhouttes, illuminated by candlelight, stood in stark contrast to the dozens of women and men alive and well, who gathered around them to recognize the victims of domestic violence for a vigil outside on campus. These wooden bodies represented victims who have been killed by

a husband, ex-husband, father, partner or acquaintance — their stories displayed across their chests. These representations are part of the Silent Witness Project, one of the many organizations who came together at Minnesota State Wednesday night to speak out against domestic violence in its many forms. Students, faculty, staff and community members sat at

round tables in a Centennial Student Union room to listen to leaders in the community discuss the prevalence of domestic violence and stalking, a type of violence that tends to fall under the radar. “We like to believe that it’s not happening as often as it is,” said Ivy Harrison of Crime Victim Services, Inc.

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Mark Hustad opened Once Read in 1975 after the price of paperback books went up. He said quite a few book exchanges were opening then, and he picked People don’t leave this bookstore mad and penniless.  Mankato because it didn’t have one.  He opened the The Once Read Used Book Store is a secondhand store with just a few books from friends and family, bookstore and exchange with tons of book categories but now it has books literally up to the ceiling. and a laid back atmosphere.  It’s one of the many The store gets most of its books from the exchange.  hidden gems downtown. Hustad does go on book-buying trips every few weeks The book exchange works like this: people bring in though, just to get more of a variety in the store. books and get a card that the store puts credit on, and The books are arranged by category and are mainly that credit (which never expires) can be used to get half fiction and nonfiction.  Hustad has worked hard to off on other books bought in the store.  build up his nonfiction section so he’s not too heavy “It sounds like a good idea.  I wish I would have on the fiction like a lot of other bookstores.  The store known about it sooner — it would be a good place to has a map of all the different sections which range get away from school,” said Shauna Hutter, a senior at from art to politics.  Hustad said he has about 30 to 40 MSU who regrets never exploring the downtown area. ELENA SHUFELT

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wale agboola • msu reporter Fred the cat and his feline friend Ethel are loved by shoppers at Once Read. The S. Front St. store features thousands of used books for cheap.

The festival of lights

Hindus all around the world will come together to celebrate Diwali this weekend DANNIE HIGGINBOTHAM

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Diwali, one of the biggest and most important Hindu festivals, falls this weekend.

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Often called “The festival of lights,” Diwali welcomes the Hindu goddess of money into the homes of worshippers and celebrates the end of the 14-year exile of the god Rama and the

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return to his kingdom. It’s also the celebration of the inner light inside us. “It’s about going beyond the

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Princeton Review applauds MSU Business graduate program named one of 301 best MATT SAUER

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Minnesota State is kind of a big deal, according to The Princeton Review’s (TPR’s) 2010 business school guidebook. “We are pleased to recommend MSU, Mankato as one of the best institutions [students] can attend to earn an MBA,” said TPR’s Vice President of Publishing Robert Franek in a Business school press release. “We chose the 301 schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report their campus experiences.” In TPR’s latest book, “The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition”, the New York City-based company ranks MSU among the best schools in the nation for obtaining a master’s degree in business. This edition marks the fourth consecutive year that MSU was ranked among the best MBA schools in the country. Like most of TPR’s publications, schools were selected based on thousands of student surveys, which consider their opinions on campus qualities like academics, professor abilities, job placement, and satisfaction with business programs.

Schools are also ranked based on official records like average GPAs or graduation percentages. A two-page profile of each selected school is included in the book. MBA programs are not, however, ranked hierarchically or on a “which is best” basis. “We don’t believe one school is ‘best’ overall,” said Franek. “We report rankings in 11 categories, and we tally them from our student surveys to help [prospective students] decide which of these academically outstanding schools will be the best match for them.” MSU’s business program was included in this year’s rankings because of its efficiency, exposure, and talented staff; reasons similar to that of past years’ inclusion. Students at MSU are consistently satisfied with the program’s flexible schedules, which allow part-time and working students opportunities to finish their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. The MBA program offers classes in eight-week ‘modules’ — along with night class options — giving them a chance to complete their 34 credit requirement in as little as two years. Classes are also available through MSU at its satellite facility at 7700 France Ave in Edina. MSU was also lauded for its ability to bring in outside members of the business world to provide students


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about. I’m planning on applying for the MBA program sometime in the spring.” Other students commented that, despite the high unemployment rates nationwide and the United States’ shady financial moves in recent years, business degrees are still important, and MSU is a good place to find one. “It’s actually kind of

exciting,” said Terry Wolffe, a business major. “We have a chance to make things better [for the country], and fix some of the screw-ups. We can shape the business models of the future, which is something I think a lot of people are looking for.”

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Students should stay home if they are sick

Strains of influenza continue to spread on Minnesota State’s campus and it seems that no one is exempt from the sickness. Many course sections have seen a significant decline in student attendance due to flulike illnesses in the past few weeks and Student Health Services (SHS) has reported that it continues to see more and more students with flu symptoms. Although the fear of catching H1N1 is a common scenario right now, some sick students may never know if they had it. Most Minnesota clinics aren’t regularly testing for H1N1 at this time and

many doctors recommend staying home to recover because there isn’t much they can do for the flu. Drink plenty of fluids, get ample rest and treat symptoms such as sore throat, headache and congestion. Vaccines are in high demand and not readily available, so the only way to protect one’s self from H1N1 or a milder flu virus right now is to avoid germs at all costs. The many students who have shared keyboards in computer labs with sick peers know how difficult this may be to accomplish. Which is why students should not come to campus if they are ill.

Letter to the Editor Feminist is not a bad label, for as my mother says, “every woman is a feminist whether they know it or not, because they have women’s issues.” My mother the Feminist, whose favorite saying about the issue is, “thank God for my mother’s generation, who burned their bras so I didn’t have to, because that just wouldn’t be pretty.” She’s empowered my sister and taught my brother and I that treating a woman respectfully and politely is far more attractive than muscles and

material. She’s also taught me the ability to laugh and to recognize that comedy can be used to bring awareness to an important issue. Kyle Ratke’s piece, although possibly not intending to, brought awareness to serious and growing issue here at MSU — sexual violence — through the use of humor. I agree with Mr. Hurd’s intentions. Using correct data is important; however, the insistence upon this method sometimes distracts

The SHS and Minnesota Department of Health recommend social isolation for those who are combating flu-like illnesses. This means staying home from school, work and any other public place where sickness can be easily spread. It seems that many professors have been very cooperative when it comes to excusing absences and making arrangements for ill students. To reduce the flu contamination on campus, this needs to continue. With such high numbers of sick students, all faculty and staff should be more than understanding when students have to miss

class. Despite the importance of attending classes, students must prioritize their health over academics. It is difficult to determine how many people will contract H1N1 or another flu strain this season, but the state health department has declared Minnesota flu activity to be widespread for the past few weeks — unusually high given the data for this time frame has not even been reported for the state in past years. Research suggests the flu outbreaks will likely worsen as the weeks go by, so it is crucial that individuals do the best they can now to stay healthy.

from the issue. Whether it is one in four or one in seven, respectfully sir, one is far too many. To Ms. Pilnick, by focusing on the piece, “How to lose a girl in 10 seconds,” a successful attempt at lighthearted comedy, we’ve lost sight of real examples of sexual violence. For instance, Pam, a woman who was recently murdered by her abusive husband of 22 years from whom she was seeking a divorce, requested, and was granted, a restraining order against her husband; however,

the order was dropped by a judge who allowed her husband to simply pay extra bail. It’s examples like these that make it apparent that there are still plenty of real women’s issues. Feminists from my mother’s and grandmother’s generations remain frustrated and angry with each of these stories. For me, it’s that some people in this world still feel it’s humorous to belittle or hurt a fellow human being. Tom Williams MSU education student

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A fan says goodbye to Minnesota’s field of dreams

Hey dad...wanna have a catch?” — Ray Kinsella, “Field of Dreams”

As I flipped through the channels the other night, I hit upon this movie. I had seen it before; still, I sat there and watched it unfold like it was the first time.  Several times, I felt like I could have dropped a tear into the cold one I cradled as I sat there on the couch, alone in my basement.  Maybe I was still a little emotional from Sunday, when I watched from the nosebleeds as the Twins lost — to the fucking Yankees of all people — in their last game at the Metrodome, the only place I had ever seen them play a meaningful game. But maybe it was more than that. Baseball is more than a game that overpaid and chemically altered millionaires making a living at. It is the definition of summer, of youth, of carefree joy and rewarding exactitude. It’s the hours your dad spent with you honing your pitching windup in the backyard, the empty lot where your friends played home run derby, taking turns trying to hit one over the neighbor’s fence. Baseball, through the lens of a movie like “Field of Dreams,” can fill the senses: the smell of the diamond sand, the feel of crisp grass under foot and well oiled leather in hand,

the ‘thock’ of a bat connecting, inconceivably yet inexorably, with a ball careening in from sixty feet, six inches away. If you ever played as a kid, or have ever sat and truly watched a game, you’d sense something visceral, primal about what is, essentially, a kid’s game. It’s fitting that baseball is America’s pastime. It’s the only game - that we actually sit down and watch, anyways - that doesn’t have a game clock, nothing separating you from eternity but the surehanded movements of those on the field.  Most often, its backand-forth isn’t violent or frenetic, like the other major sports. Still, baseball is not a slow or boring pursuit. When you think about it, the 30 seconds or so between pitches is hardly enough time for batter and pitcher to evaluate what has just occurred, John Fritz and figure out what they each think is going to happen next. Since both call upon what they know of each other’s tendencies, baseball is mostly played in the past, the importance of history reverberating through each moment.  Some moments are more historical than others. Sunday night, with the Twins down 2-1 in

the late innings, a Nick Punto baserunning error absolutely drained the team of whatever momentum they had left. I began to think, nostagically, that this probably was the last rally Punto would ever kill at the Metrodome. Sensing the end was near, I took a little stock of my surroundings: the good ol’ baggie in right, the strategically baseball-tinted roof, the annoying and perhaps mentally handicapped girl in my aisle who had been shouting “Double play!” all night. Yep, I had some good times here. Sure, when the team moves to Target Field next year, the new place will come equipped with all of the modern amenities that we have been told are important to stadium, but it won’t yet be imbued with the memories or the soul of the old Dome. And that soul is the most important part, because baseball is more than the width of your stadium’s concourses or the number of luxury box seats available; it’s about memories, it’s about history, and it’s about going out on a sunny afternoon and having a catch with your dad. —John Fritz is a Reporter staff writer

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LOVED Once Read’s two cats are popular with visitors

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continued from 1 categories. “I like it. It’s got cheap books and lots of really weird things in there.  Things you probably wouldn’t find in Barnes and Noble,” said Anthony Hauck, who has lived downtown most of his life and works across the street from Once Read. The 600 block of S. Front St. was part of the main downtown area in the ‘70s.  By the time the ‘80s came around, the block was hurting because the malls were built.  Many of the buildings in that area sat empty for a while, but Once Read made it through. “Right now it reminds me at times of ’75,” Hustad said. Hustad said Once Read has done better because of the tough economic times.  The books are cheaper than a lot of other stores, so people go there

to save. Also, the coffee shops in the downtown area have brought in new customers. “What I really most enjoy about this is the variety of customers,” Hustad said. “I get everything from farmers to professors.” He said the store gets quite a few students in, and it is kind of a date place. “It’s a good place to bring people you meet,” he said. The store famously has cats.  Currently it has two cats named Fred and Ethel, but over the years six different cats have lounged in the books.  “They’re pretty popular,” he said.  “A lot of people come mainly to see them.” Once Read is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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and allies of victims a chance to share their experiences with domestic abuse. This year, men and women spoke to the group in an intimate session that put faces to the statistics, something MSU Sexual Violence Education Coordinator Lauren Pilnick believes is very valuable. “It’s a really powerful, empowering night that gives people the chance, to bear witness to survivor’s stories, the stories of loved ones and the stories of strangers.”

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this violence with a speech that was aimed to encourage citizens to stand up against violence in their communities. Women’s Center director Wanda Viento made a similar call for action that was accompanied with pledge cards the participants could fill out with each individual’s personal promise to raising awareness about the issue. “If each and every one of us does something, it will help across the board,” said Viento in her closing comments before the participants gathered in the CSU mall for the vigil. But the most important part of the speak-out was the open mic session, giving victims

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FESTIVAL Indians recieve a 15-day holiday during the festival of Diwali continued from 1 body to something pure and eternal,” said Kruti Parmar, vice president of the International Student Association. “That thing is your soul, your light source.” Diwali involves much well-wishing and distributing homemade sweets to friends and family. There are also plenty of fireworks. “In India, every family spends about 1000 rupees on fireworks,” said Student Association of India President Shankar Reddy-Akula. This equates to about $25, a lot of money for many people in India. Employers give bonuses for Diwali to allow their workers to have a good holiday. “In India, people start shopping one month before Diwali,” Parmar

said, adding they buy new clothes, lights and gold, often used in pujas — religious rituals. Parmar said that although Diwali is a big festival in India, where people get a 15-day holiday from school or work, celebrations in the United States aren’t as elaborate. “Here everyone is busy, so we just have the weekend to celebrate,” Parmar said. In India, she said, she would go out every evening with friends to visit the temple and friends’ houses. Parmar plans to go to the temple in Minneapolis to celebrate with ritual offerings and go to friends and relatives’ houses with sweets. They also create colorful sand designs called rangoli for

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Overlooked asset Kael Mouillierat might not be the most well-known name in the WCHA — but that won’t last long

photo and illustration by dan moen • msu reporter Kale Mouillierat might be one of the most undervalued players in the conference, but the Mavericks know exactly what they have in their senior forward. Mouillierat is one of seven seniors on this year’s roster and the team’s assistant captain.

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Unappreciated is probably the best word to describe Kael Mouillierat, who might have had the WCHA’s quietest 17goal season ever last year. In the WCHA, only one player — Minnesota’s Ryan Stoa — scored more goals than Mouillierat did last season.  Yet it wasn’t often one heard Stoa, who has since left the Gophers for the NHL, and Mouillierat’s name in the same breath, or heard Mouillierat’s name spoken with the rest of the elite WCHA forwards.  But it should be. “I would say he’s right up there with any of those guys,” said junior defenseman Channing Boe. “I think Kale brings more to the table than some of those guys. He’s a little bigger and he’s a great defensive player as well as a great offensive player. He’s a kid with a lot of skill that doesn’t get as much recognition as some

of the other top players in our league.” Mouillierat, the Mavericks assistant captain, scored 19 goals in 76 career games his first two years at Minnesota State, but exploded last year for 17 goals in 30 games. “It just comes with experience,” he said. “I got put into more spots to score goals and I got more ice time than I ever did before. My confidence kept building last year and that’s pretty much all it was.” Mouillierat played in at least 30 games in each of his first three seasons, and has played a big role for the Mavericks since his arrival. He’s a valuable player on the penalty kill and power play, and had eight power-play goals last season. The 6-foot-0, 188-pound Mouillierat’s been skating on MSU’s No. 1 line with Geoff Irwin and Andy Sackrison to start the year. Led by Mouil-

MSU’s roster, and gives Jutting lierat’s plus-3 rating, the trio the most experienced team he’s is a combined plus-6 after two ever worked with. All seven games. of the seniors, forwards Zach “Kael’s a goal scorer and I Harrison, Jerad Stewart, Jason think he has the ability to go Wiley, James Gaulrapp and past that this year,” said head coach Troy Jutting. “I think Irwin, along with defenseman he has the ability to be one of Nick Canzanello have been in those kids who not only can Mankato since their freshmen score goals for us, but be one seasons. Ryan Gunderson and of the big-time goals scorers in Trevor Bruess were apart of the the league.” same class but Mouillierat THE MOUILLIERAT FILE are no longer on said a lot of the team. Bruess Pts. PIM left after last G Year GP his success 15 52 8 06-07 37 last year was season to sign because the a professional 22 30 11 07-08 39 Mavericks contract. 30 48 17 08-09 30 established “Not only did 1 0 0 09-10 2 a consistent they play when power play they were freshwith the same group of players. men, but most of them played “Pretty much the whole year special teams as freshmen,” we had the same group of guys Jutting said. “They understand out there,” he said, “and we got what it takes to be successful at pretty comfortable together.” this level and I think it’s going The Edmonton, Alb., nato help us tremendously this tive is one of seven seniors on year.”

And just like the senior class before them, they’ve never made it to the WCHA Final Five or NCAA tournament. The closest they’ve been was their sophomore season when they lost to the Gophers in Game 3 of the WCHA playoffs in Mankato, and were then snubbed by the NCAA tournament committee. Mouillierat, and the rest of the senior class, are hoping they don’t have the same fate as the class that preceded them. “We watched the class before us go all four years without making it to the Final Five and national tournament,” he said. “Ever since we stepped off the ice last year we’ve been thinking about it in the gym and all summer. Every day we think about it.”

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A look at the Mavericks — piece by piece JOSH BERHOW

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Forwards Geoff Irwin — the team’s captain — Andy Sackrison and Kael Mouillierat make up the Mavericks’ first line. And like Mouillierat, Irwin is one of the team’s top offensive players, and has improved his point totals by 10 and seven points, respectively, each season. After a 20-point freshman season Sackrison had just eight points in 31 games last year, but played basically the whole year with nagging injuries. Zach Harrison and Jerad Stewart played together a lot last year and were line mates both nights against Bowling Green. The pair is also two of the Mavericks’ better penalty killers, and their line is often matched up against opposing teams’ top scoring lines. Rylan Galiardi, a junior center, also plays a pivotal role on the Mavericks’ penalty kill and power-play units, and had a four-point weekend against the Falcons.

Jason Wiley, a 6-foot-0, 210pound winger, scored 19 goals over the past two seasons, and Mike Louwerse had a 26-point freshman season with 13 goals and 13 assists. Nine of Louwerse’s goals came on the power play. Justin Jokinen, a sophomore, has above-average offensive skills, and Tyler Thompson, another sophomore, looked more offensive-minded last weekend than he did most of last season. Adam Mueller had six points as a freshman last year, and is one of MSU’s fastest skaters. Defense Kurt Davis leads the unit after a breakout sophomore season that included 25 assists and 31 points and was a Third Team All-WCHA pick. Channing Boe is solid defensively, and so far converted forward Joe Schiller looks good on the blue line as well. Nick Canzanello is the most experienced defensemen with 88 career games played. Ben Youds has appeared

in 69 career games, and Cameron Cooper played well after breaking into the lineup late last season. Goaltender Austin Lee is the only netminder who was on the team prior to this season, but is just as experienced at the collegiate level as incoming freshmen Kevin Murdock and Phil Cook.

Lee and Cook (both are 6-3) have more size than Murdock, and Murdock has a right-handed glove, something not often seen from goalies that could give opposing players trouble. 
Newcomers  Besides Cook and Lee, five other freshmen make up this year’s team: forwards Eriah

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First Team Rhett Rakhshani, F, Denver Ryan Lasch, F, St. Cloud State Jordan Schroeder, F, Minnesota Patrick Wiercioch, D, Denver Chay Genoway, D, North Dakota Marc Cheverie, G, Denver Second Team Kael Mouillierat, F, Minnesota State Mike Hoeffel, F, Minnesota Garrett Roe, F, St. Cloud State Kurt Davis, D, Minnesota State Cade Fairchild, D, Minnesota Brad Eidsness, G, North Dakota   Freshman of the Year: Ben Hanowski, F, St. Cloud State Player of the Year: Jordan Schroeder, F, Minnesota

Women’s hockey gears up LEE HANDEL

staff writer The MSU women’s hockey team drops the puck on their conference schedule this Friday and Saturday when they travel to Grand Forks to face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. After two convincing and hard-fought wins over Maine last weekend, the Mavericks will look to carry their nonconference success into their first conference series of the season. “North Dakota is a growing program, but they are a program that we have to beat if we want to finish in the top half of the conference standings and earn home ice for the playoffs,” said head coach Eric Means. Means knows that North Dakota will most likely present more of a challenge than Maine. “North Dakota might be a better team, but in terms of importance, we consider every game to be extremely important whether it is a conference game or non-conference game,” Means said. Volleyball MSU plays No. 1 ConcordiaSP at home on Friday at 7 p.m. They will close the weekend against St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Football The Mavericks will put their 7-0 record to the test against MSU-Moorhead during family weekend at 1 p.m. Soccer The Maverick soccer team plays at home on both Saturday and Sunday against Wayne State and Augustana respectively. Both games will be at 1 p.m.


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Denver’s returning talent makes it an early favorite JOSH BERHOW

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No. 1 DENVER I agree with the majority here, I’m taking the Pios as No. 1. Their offense should be amazing with the likes of Tyler Ruegsegger, Rhett Rakhshani, Anthony Maiani and Patrick Wiercioch, to name a few. No. 2 ST. CLOUD STATE Ryan Lasch is outstanding, and Garrett Roe can score as well. I like freshman Ben Hanowski a lot, and I think the Huskies score enough and play just enough defense to help freshman Mike Lee in goal. No. 3 NORTH DAKOTA Brad Eidsness should be even better after a successful freshman

season and the Sioux are simply a well-rounded team. Not as much star power this year, but a good team none the less. No. 4 MINNESOTA The Gophers lost Ryan Stoa, but I think Mike Hoeffel is going to step up as a premier power forward in the league. Jordan Schroeder is the league’s top player. No. 5 WISCONSIN The Badgers will look a lot like they have in the past: They’ll have a little offense, a little goaltending and, like usual, one of the nation’s best group of blue-liners. No. 6 MINNESOTA STATE They have veterans on the blue line and at forward, and


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Institutional ‘Angry Men’ take to Diversity shows the stage Thursday the ‘beauty of cultures’ LAUREN MEYER

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Wednesday afternoon in the CSU’s Hearth Lounge, The Beauty of Culture celebrated its third annual cultural diversity show. The event attracted a large audience to observe performances from people that wished to share their culture with others. Minnesota State’s Department of Institutional Diversity partnered with the ethnic studies department in an effort to promote diverse cultures within our society. “We want to get people involved and excited about the idea and importance of Ethnic studies,” said Melinda Dean, a student in the graduate program of ethnic studies. One goal that MSU is striving for is to become more knowledgeable about other’s culture by promoting the learning of ethnic studies. Having people able to share

and learn about one another’s cultural environment is something that the department of ethnic studies wants to encourage. Dr. Kebba Darboe, a Chairperson for the department of ethnic studies, believes that by getting people involved and interested about other cultures, we can solve “global solutions for world problems.” Along with the popular give away of free food, many students, faculty and staff enjoyed the entertainment they saw from a variety of performers. The participants of the Beauty of Cultures included those from different organizations, clubs and individuals. Anyone was welcome to perform in the event as long as they were sharing their culture with the audience. Each performer was given a certificate of recognition for their performance. The show started with Native

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dan moen • msu reporter A diverse collection of people congregated Wednesday to share their cultures through various performances.

photo courtesy of the MSU Department of Theatre and Dance The tensions and animosity that will soon explode in the jury room begin to take root in the jury box during trial. ASHLEY JOHANSEN

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Within the current climate of corporate indictments, consistent suing battles and courtroom brawls, it is not a surprise that the Minnesota State Theatre Department chose “12 Angry Men” as their next play. “12 Angry Men” is the classic play in which 12 jurors must decide the fate of a young man accused of first degree murder. The play begins as an open-and-shut case, but when the jurors start to deliberate on whether or not the accused is innocent or guilty all jurors vote guilty except one, this inconsequentially causes frustration with the other jurors. Through this action we learn about each of the characters complex backgrounds and personalities. This is the first time that the MSU Theatre Department has shown “12 Angry Men,” something that director Paul

Finocchiaro was adamant on directing. “I really wanted to direct a classic piece of theater I have a tendency to direct really fun, up-beat and happy musicals,” said Finocchiaro. “I wanted to go on the complete opposite end of spectrum.” Despite the fact that this play is a classic, Finocchiaro changed the setting in the theatre by putting the stage in the center of the room causing the audience to be a part of the deliberation going on in the play. “I wanted the audience to feel that they can make their own decision on the guilt or innocence of the person on trial,” Finocchiaro said. With the play being put on in the center of the audience, Finocchiaro explained that it would give the audience a chance to be a part of the play. No matter where a person is sitting, they will have a view of the jurors around the table, giving the viewer a true

voyeuristic place within the play. Along with the “center” stage and short span of the play (50 minutes for the first act and 30 for the second), the set is very drab, giving the audience the feel that they are in a black and white setting, keeping the play to its traditional roots. “The set is very simple, I wanted to give the audience a kind of a black and white film experience,” Finocchiaro said. “But live, all of the tones are grey, navy blue and just very somber, there are no bold colors that come from any where or anything and that adds to the heaviness of the piece.” Finocchiaro also had a unique method in choosing the actors. Each actor did a oneminute monologue for him through which he decided which actor would play which juror. “I wrote down some of the characteristics of these

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Refurbished Ostrander has ‘Impact’ Stomper’s cinema to spearhead family weekend DREW CLAUSSEN

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Ostrander Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Centennial Student Union, is one of the most recognizable places on campus. Tons of students pass by it daily and many have attended events

there. This month, after a $1.7 million re-furbishing, the auditorium was once again opened to the public. One of the programs that benefited greatly from the renovation was the Impact outlet Stomper’s Cinema. “The last renovation was a long time ago,” said Stomper’s

Cinema Chair Carlos Posas. “I think we just got used to how bad the old sound system was so it didn’t seem to bad, but the new one is much better.” The renovation improved the auditorium’s seating, stage, sound system and lighting, there was also a new projector and Blu-Ray player installed. The

first movie that was shown for Stomper’s Cinema was Disney Pixar’s “UP” last weekend. There also will be two movies playing for Family Weekend, which is coming up this weekend. Family Weekend is another

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photo of Posas courtesy of Impact

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THEATRE Finocchiaro redirects the CULTURES Hearth lounge classic ‘12 Angry Men’ host to cultural continued from 12 performances characters,” Finocchiaro said. “I went from what I felt the actor was giving me during the initial audition.” Each character in this play comes from very different backgrounds. New Yorkers, Bostonians and Hungarian Jews each make up a different opinion on the fate of the

accused young man. “12 Angry Men” will be staged in the Andreas Theater Oct. 15-18 and 21-25. Tickets are available online at This year the Theatre Department is also offering Saturday matinees.

NEW YORK (AP) — If it was measured in traditional TV terms, “The Jay Leno Show” wouldn’t be long for this world. NBC’s bold experiment faltered in the third week of television’s new season, with none of its five editions scoring higher than No. 60 in the Nielsen Co.’s ranking of most popular programs. The shows ranged from a low of 4.5 million to a high of 6.2 million viewers. All of CBS’s 10 p.m. dramas last week had more than twice as many viewers as Leno. ABC’s “Eastwick” was the only major network show beaten by Leno (Fox turns 10 p.m. over to local news). NBC, however, says Leno’s show must be viewed over the long haul. While the network says Leno’s show is much cheaper to produce than scripted programming, it’s unclear whether those savings can compensate for the low ratings. NBC concentrates on the ratings for 18-to-49-year-old viewers, and

by that measure Leno is precariously close to the 1.5 rating the network says it has promised to advertisers. Last Monday, the show had a 1.5 rating, and on Friday it was 1.4, Nielsen said. If NBC is looking for a glimmer of good news, “The Office” wedding of Jim and Pam gave the show its best ratings in a year. Among youthful viewers, it was the fourth most popular show of the week. CBS’ Tuesday schedule has emerged as the most popular night in television, led by “NCIS.” That show’s strength helped the two new shows that follow it — “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Good Wife” — into Nielsen’s top 11 last week. Meanwhile, Nielsen released statistics for the first week of the television season that measured how much shows were recorded on digital video recorders and played back within seven days, something of increasing importance within the industry as more people buy DVRs.

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continued from 12 American speakers sharing their story about their culture, rituals and prayers. The show moved along to a variety of dance performances that included Native, Asian, Latino, South Pacific and Swing dance. There were also participants that read poetry and sang music representing their ethnic background. “We wanted to show others our culture through dance,” said Shoua Thao, a Laotian dance performer. All performances told a story and were able to help the audience find the beauty in different cultures. “Culture is who we are,” said Scott R. Olson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It is beautiful.”

FAMILY Impact’s cinema organization to play films as part of the MSU family weekend continued from 12 yearly event planned by Impact. The weekend features a plethora of activities that are fun for all ages. Stomper’s Cinema will play two different movies both Friday and Saturday night. The movies are “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and a collection of Disney Pixar shorts, the short clips that air before Pixar movies such as “Wall-E” and “Ratatouille.” Another highlight of Family Weekend is Reza: Illusionist; which will take place Saturday night. Reza, who has been on tour since Jan. 9, has been practicing magic since he was six years old. His show is described as a mix of magic and comedy and he has been called one of the fastest rising stars in the industry. Stomper’s Cinema brings in films that are out of theaters but

not yet on DVD to Minnesota State every weekend. Along with Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” and “Step Brothers,” Stomper’s Cinema also plays documentary, independent and international films. Impact encourages anyone interested in joining their team to come to one of their four weekly committee meetings. When asked how students could get involved, Posas gave a very simple answer. “Just come on over.” For meeting times and more information, visit the website For more information on MSU’s family weekend, visit the website familyweekend.



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